New Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund Supports Canadian Music Docs

Hot Docs, in partnership with The Slaight Family Foundation, is pleased to announce the creation of the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund. Through a gift of $450,000 from The Slaight Family Foundation, this new film development and production fund is dedicated to supporting Canadian music docs. The first of its kind in Canada, the Fund is committed to filmmakers telling engaging, high-quality stories that embrace musical forms and artists and demonstrates Canadian music’s role in the world. The Fund also welcomes international music stories told through the lenses of Canadian filmmakers. Each year, the Fund will support three to five documentary projects, both shorts and features, with amounts ranging from $15,000 to $60,000 CAD. Recipients will also receive creative and professional development support.

Feature-length projects are eligible for no-interest development loans of up to $15,000 CAD, and production grants of up to $60,000 CAD. Short film projects are eligible for production grants of up to $30,000 CAD. Eligible applicants will be Canadian productions, co-productions or treaty productions making films about Canadian musical artists; Canadian productions, co-productions or treaty productions making films about international musical artists; or international production companies making films about Canadian musical artists. Applicants must be a corporation unaffiliated with any licensed network or programming undertaking and be the primary rights holder of the project, and must also have previously produced a documentary or fiction film commercially released, or a documentary or fiction film and/or series broadcast on television.

Applications for the Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund open on June 3 and close on July 29, 2020.

The Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund joins a multi-million-dollar portfolio of film funds administered by Hot Docs. These funds support Canadian and international documentary projects, including full-length features, shorts and interdisciplinary projects, with much-needed development, production and completion grants and equity investments, as well as providing valuable professional development opportunities for filmmakers.

The Slaight Family Foundation was established in 2008 by John Allan Slaight. Allan Slaight is known as Canada’s broadcast pioneer, music leader and a prominent Canadian philanthropist. Through his generosity, the Foundation proactively supports charitable initiatives in the areas of healthcare, at-risk youth, international development, social services and culture.

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